Hosea 8

Israel Reaps the Whirlwind

1 a  Put the trumpet to your
Lit palate
c  Like an eagle the enemy comes d  against the house of the  Lord,
Because they have e  transgressed My covenant
And rebelled against My f  law.
2 g  They cry out to Me,
My God h  we of Israel know You!”
3Israel has rejected the good;
The enemy will pursue him.
4 i  They have set up kings, but not by Me;
They have appointed princes, but I did not know it.
With their j  silver and gold they have made idols for themselves,
Lit he
they might be cut off.
Or Your calf has rejected you
He has rejected your m  calf, O Samaria, saying,
My anger burns against them!”
How long will they be incapable of n  innocence?
6For from Israel is even this!
A o  craftsman made it, so it is not God;
Surely the calf of Samaria will be broken to
Or splinters
7For q  they sow the wind
And they reap the r  whirlwind.
The standing grain has no
Lit growth
It yields t  no
Or meal
Should it yield, strangers would swallow it up.

8Israel is v  swallowed up;
They are now among the nations
Like a w  vessel in which no one delights.
9For they have gone up to x  Assyria,
Like y  a wild donkey all alone;
Ephraim has z  hired
Lit loves
10Even though they hire allies among the nations,
Now I will ab  gather them up;
And they will begin ac  to
Or suffer for awhile
Because of the burden of the ae  king of princes.

11Since Ephraim has af  multiplied altars for sin,
They have become altars of sinning for him.
12Though ag  I wrote for him ten thousand precepts of My ah  law,
They are regarded as a strange thing.
13As for My ai  sacrificial gifts,
They aj  sacrifice the flesh and eat it,
But the  Lord has taken no delight in them.
Now He will ak  remember their iniquity,
And al  punish them for their sins;
They will return to am  Egypt.
14For Israel has an  forgotten his Maker and ao  built palaces;
And Judah has multiplied fortified cities,
But I will send a ap  fire on its cities that it may consume its palatial dwellings.

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